Sometimes, it might take a kick in your ears to hear the important lyrics behind these Godly bands. Folk songs are often passed through an oral tradition. Often, they are very old songs or songs that come from around the world.
Folk music often historical and personal events into account and Christian folk is no different. Many Christian folk songs describe Jesus and his followers through a historical lens. The word "jazz" itself comes from the 19th-century slang term "jasm," meaning energy.
This time of music is often understood as highly expressive, which is a perfect medium for showing the intense emotions involved with Christianity. The jazz music genre includes music that was developed from blues and ragtime, and first made popular by African-Americans artists.
Beach music is also known as Carolina beach music or beach pop. It spawned from similar pop and rock music in the s and s. All it takes to make a Christian beach song is the incorporation of Christian values into the lyrics. Hip-hop is some of the best music to get your body moving, which is why it's so great for listening to Christian music.
The bands and artists in the inspirational genre encompass other similar genres like metal, pop, rap, rock, gospel, praise and worship, and others. As the name would suggest, this type of music is great for lifting your spirits. Since these artists sing about Christian morals and beliefs, they're perfect if you need some God-centered inspiration. Instrumental Christian music takes the melodies of church hymns and plays them on instruments like piano or guitar.
These types of Christian songs are great for praying or reading the Bible. The absence of lyrics makes these songs perfect for moments when you need to really concentrate. This type of Christian music has its roots in Irish and Scottish music, so the style is a bit different than most of the other genres in this list.
However, it makes for some really soothing listening. With Christian lyrics added in, these bluegrass bands will definitely get your soul reaching for something larger than yourself. Blues is another style of music that was formed by African-Americans in the Deep South around the late s. It's related to spiritual and folk music.
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The flow of these tracks is nearly perfect and the songs contain so many moments of melodic brilliance that verses and choruses stick with you only after a couple of listens. Still, minutes of music ask a considerable time investment to the listener, so the inevitable question is: is all the material consistently high-quality, or could have they slimmed down the album by leaving out some of the weaker songs?
Although these four songs have all some interesting moments, the melodies are somewhat weaker and, despite listening to each piece multiple times, I still cannot remember any specific vocal line or instrumental passage from any of these tracks. The rest of the songs on the first CD are more memorable, but overall I cannot help but feel that there is a slight imbalance between the two discs: the stronger material, the "meat" of the album so to speak, is clearly on disc 2, while disc 1 feels almost like a looser collection of "bonus" tracks, and I notice that I inevitably tend to gravitate towards the second disc in my repeated listens, often skipping altogether the first disc.
It's a pity because some songs from disc 1 are truly excellent, like the aforementioned cover of "Bridge over Troubled Water" and the ballad "The Way It Had to Be". I feel that a little more quality control could have make this excellent album, a real masterpiece. One aspect of the album that initially took me by surprise is the alternation between three vocalists: Morse, guitarist Eric Gilette and keyboard player Bill Hubauer.
In nearly all tracks, the three singers swap vocal lines continuously throughout a song, which at first I found slightly unsettling, also in part because they each have slightly peculiar, "acquired taste" voices that takes some time getting used to. But I quickly got into the groove and after a few listens it is actually fun to have three vocalists instead of one in each song. Speaking about things that require getting used to, since the early s a lot of Morse's lyrics revolve around strongly Christian religious themes, and this album is no exception.
It's nothing overly preachy and I personally do not care too much about lyrics, but it is something that some people may not find to their liking, so be warned. The main strength of the album are its freshness and diversity. There is something for every taste, from the whimsical corners of prog-pop, to bluesy Floydian ballads, to harder-edged rockers, to full-blown, multipart prog epics.
The metallic undertones of much of the material contained on this LP will also appeal prog metal lovers, especially fans of bands like Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Pain of Salvation or Threshold. If you are prog-inclined, give this one a try, you won't be disappointed.
Oddly, this is an album that I like and at the same time dislike more than Morse's solo debut. I like it better than his first album because it feels more honest and authentic. It does not try to strike a balance between Morse's simple pop ambitions and his progressive rock "day job", but it fully embraces his singer-songwriter sensibilities, presenting a collection of acoustic tunes written by Morse between s and the months prior the release of the album.
However, among the record's 13 songs, I only find a handful of tunes that I can say I truly like. Most tracks are fairly anonymous and inoffensive light pop numbers that disappear from my musical memory as soon as the album moves on to the next song.
Others are fun to listen to, but feel quite derivative and make me almost feel as if I were listening to a bar band rather than to one of the greatest prog rock musicians of our times "So Long Goodbye Blues", "Ain't Seen Nothing Like Me". Other tracks are just plain boring, as they lack a strong melody to carry them through "The Eyes of the World". The tracks I fully enjoy are few and far in between. This is a song Morse had written with his old band from the s, which in Phil Keaggy - Time 2 (CD) accompanies the singer on this re-recorded version of the tune.
It is a very emotional pop-rock number, driven by Morse's piano and powerful vocal delivery and enriched by some poignant lyrics about fathership. It's a more uptempo number graced by a gloriously catchy chorus that elevates the song to a different level. There's not much going on instrumentally throughout the album. Morse's superb piano playing shines in some of the song and Nick D'Virgilio precise and sophisticated drumming is always a pleasure to listen to.
But the songs feature intentionally simple and essential arrangements that leave little space for musical showmanship. In short, there's virtually no prog on this one, just a collection of simple and mostly acoustic tunes that are often pleasant, but rarely extraordinary. Morse is a great player, singer and songwriter, so it is really hard to find parts of his discography that are tout court bad, and It's Not Too Late is no exception.
Yet, this is probably among the weakest albums released by the man, and, unless you are a hardcore Morse's fan or a completionist, Phil Keaggy - Time 2 (CD) may want to skip this one and save your money for one of the other albums in Morse's rich discography.
One would think that the nearly 24 minutes of "A Whole Nother Trip" represents the centrepiece of the record. This may have been the intention, but the song is just a pale version of the prog epics that Morse is more than capable of writing.
The piece lacks somewhat cohesion, as its four movements pull the song in too many different directions without providing enough musical glue to keep them all together. Moreover, not all movements are equally inspired, with the second one "Mr. Upside Down" resulting particularly bland and without a strong melodic punch. This is a general problem for other songs on the album as well: tracks like "Lost Cause" and "That Which Doesn't Kill Me" are somewhat weak melodically, which is surprising given that Morse is usually a highly skilled composer of melodies.
Things are better on the uptempo pop-rocker "Nowhere Fast" and the emotional ballad "Landslide". Another remarkable moment is the gently acoustic piece "Emma", which leaves a mark on the listener's psyche thanks to its heart-breaking story of childhood love. Morse's performance on the album is as strong and skilled as one would expect it to be. He takes care of vocals and all instruments except drums, which are played by his Spock's Beard bandmate Nick D'Virgilio on all tracks but the opener.
The musicianship is therefore sublime. The sound production is also excellent, which is impressive seeing how a lot of the music was recorded by Morse in his home studio. Despite its undeniable qualities, the biggest limit of this record is probably its ambivalence.
The album is half-pop, half-prog, but its prog elements are somewhat dumbed-down and its pop appeal is diminished by melodies that are not catchy and immediate enough.
I wish Morse had gone more decidedly in either of these directions, either full? As it is, this album is too humdrum to appeal to progressive audiences and probably too intricate to be enjoyed as a simple singer-songwriter affair. Review by kev rowland Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer. Mind you, given that Neal is a multi-instrumentalist who is as happy on keyboards as he is on guitar, that is not really an issue when it comes to putting together an album.
This finds him very much in his element, telling a Christian story but in his own way, with all the bombast and bluster that one expects from him.
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